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1 Intute Repository Search Project A showcase for UK research output Sophia Jones SHERPA October 2008

2 Introduction Funded by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) - a Mimas/ Intute project (, in partnership with UKOLN and Three year project – current project finishes in May 2009

3 High Level Aims Identify, develop and support high-value research knowledge communities within search and discovery process; Encourage the embedding of Repository search in familiar and day-to-day research desktop environments; Develop metrics to estimate the volume of content being cross-searched and support the future development of metrics to aid the research appraisal process; Showcase the collective and collaborative UK Research output and perspectives in Institutional Repositories.

4 High Level Aims (cont.) Deliver free targeted search and discovery facilities derived from UK HEI Institutional Repositories to support researchers and academics; Harvesting and aggregation of repositories of academic and research papers from HE and other relevant open access sources across the UK; Provide improved services to individuals including ability to personalise information based on user profile, directed browse and dynamic navigation; Help to develop meaningful synergies between research orientated and learning object repositories; Investigate opportunities to include other relevant information sources outside the UK as guided by the academic community; Provide a richer more meaningful contextual search facility including full- text searching, text mining and other techniques;

5 Scope The scope of the IRS Project is intended to initially cover both a UK national and where appropriate, global dimension and support the following domains: –Research Lifecycle (discovery, development, collaboration, dissemination); –Teaching & Learning (resources, pedagogic activity / processes, resource-based learning); –Research Administration (deposition, repository support and exposure)

6 The Challenge & Complexities Knowledge Management Context for Researchers, Teachers and Students Knowledge Context Where can I find…? What can help me? Who can help me? What do we know? What do I / we dont know? Simple SearchFull-text SearchSubject ClassificationAutomated aggregationConcept matchingPersonalisation Search paradigmDiscovery ParadigmMeaning-based computing ContentContext

7 Development Paths Simple metadata search Full-text indexing of documents Text-mining full-text documents Consider approaches to automatic subject classification, clustering of results, browsing/visualisation

8 Metadata search Metadata harvested from institutional repositories Cross repository search, aggregation and retrieval from all HE and relevant UK repositories, including the Depot Searches over 90 academic repositories (taken from the OpenDOAR directory of Open Access repositories)




12 Advanced discovery and retrieval Parallel approaches: –NaCTEM (National Centre for Text Mining) - –Autonomy IDOL software Advanced browsing and searching – –Automated document clustering and classification based on terminology –Personalisation of searching –Concept visualisation from automated clustering



15 Broad Range of Requirements Ongoing requirements focusing on: Capture, analysis and management of scenario-based requirements (stakeholders and end-users); Researcher (PI, Assistant, Post Grad) Teaching & Learning Community Higher Education Academy - LSCAcademic & Research Deans Knowledge / Info specialists (HE/FE) Cross-sector shared service developments Other National Repository Aggregators Common Repository Interface WG - JISC Research Support Departments Developers JISC UK Research Councils JISC Repositories & PreservationInstitutional Repository Managers JISC IE & IEMSR Librarians Commercial Technology Stakeholders Standards Communities

16 Interworking during project lifecycle Suggested areas: Links with international projects/initiatives - joint information gathering and setting up strategic alliances – broader research & teaching knowledge domain Advocacy – e.g. RSP including sharing plans and approaches and findings, also joint events, conference papers, publicity materials i.e. very practical efficiency savings Repository landscape - making sense of it together in order to prioritize strategically and identify quick wins (e.g. prioritizing search targets); Sharing links and experiences of related work e.g. UK PubMed, DRIVER and sharing experience outputs relevant to other projects

17 Key activity towards end of project Integration of user group requirements into development iterations Report on global repository interactions Learning object scoping study


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